Places you CAN park near a Silver Line station

July 21, 2014

Parking garage of the new silver line Wiehle-Reston East Metro stop at Reston Station Boulevard. (Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post )

As part of an ambitious experiment to get people out of their cars and encourage them to take public transportation or find other ways to get to the five new Silver Line stations, planners purposely didn’t build new parking garages at most of the stations.

As a result, parking may be at a premium at many of the soon-to-be-open Silver Line stations in Tysons Corner, as we reported in our story Monday, but all is not lost.

Planners know that the makeover of Tysons  won’t happen overnight, so they’ve made some allowances.

There will be a parking lot next to the McLean Station with 700+ spaces and, as of late last week, space was still available. The Scotts Run Metro Park and Ride. An all-day parking spot will cost $5.50 (there’s a $.50 discount if you pre-pay). Monthly passes are $90. Here’s the Web site for the parking lot.

County officials say two additional lots — one by the Spring Hill Metro station and one near the Tysons Corner station — also may come on line later this year. Those lots will provide parking for roughly 200 additional cars.

Those 12,000 spaces at the Tysons Corner Center may be tempting, but the mall is stepping up patrols and will tow violators. You’ve been warned.

The Wiehle-Reston East station is home to two underground parking garages, built as part of a public-private partnership with Comstock. There are 2,300 spaces in the county garage, including 252 reserved spaces. The reserved spaces are gone (you can put your name on a waiting list), but there are still regular spaces — $4.85 a day – available on a first-come, first-served basis. For bike commuters there also is a secured bike room where you can rent space.

Spaces also are available in the adjacent ParkX garage for $4.75 a day ($4.25 pre-paid). There are also special $50 discounts for monthly parkers through the end of September. More details here.

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the D.C. region for The Post’s Transportation and Development team.
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